children, sewing

Duchess & Hare Everything Nice Revisited

What are little girls made of, made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice and everything nice;
That’s what little girls are made of.

– Robert Southey, circa 1820


I tested the Everything Nice Dress by Duchess and Hare late last year, and in doing so made a fit muslin. I have a pretty good size stash of quilting cotton after a local quilt shop by me closed a few years ago and sold off their bolts for cheap. So over the years I’ve been using those fabrics for my samples and sometimes finals as well.

Since my muslin of the Everything Nice Dress fit my daughter fine, I intended to finish it off later so she could wear it for Easter.




This weekend I dug it up and finally spent the 2 hours required to actually finish it off – making it sleeveless instead since the size 2 is not going to fit her for very much longer!!


Her favorite color is purple, so she is loving this little dress! I think it suits her spicy personality too!



About the Pattern

I included some pattern features and tips on my first Everything Nice blog post, but here’s a quick summary of the pattern:


  • 10 Sizes: Child Sizes 2-10
  • A-line dress
  • Pleated front
  • 3 Sleeve Options: Long, Short, or Flutter
  • 2 Collar Options: Scalloped, or Square (or none)
  • Invisible Zipper
  • Size chart
  • Finished measurement chart
  • Tutorial with diagrams
  • Layered printing
  • Tiled pdf pattern for home printing
  • Designed for wovens


I really love this pattern – it’s not a complicated sew and is nicely finished on the inside with a facing. I think we’ll get at least a few more good months of wear from this one before passing it down the line to their only girl cousin!

Get your copy of the Duchess and Hare Everything Nice Dress over here.



And after shooting these pics, our whole family went out in our car. Together. For the first time since March 7. And got ice cream! I think we might make this a weekend tradition for the next little while!

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